“I was denied the right to earn money and was banished from the congregation, which greatly damaged my professional reputation,” Myers wrote in her complaint, which was filed on December 22, 2021. “TBZ has indicated to other synagogue leaders and agencies that they will not attend any local Jewish community events where I am involved.”
And she claimed she was disparaged in a letter from former synagogue presidents in the synagogue’s monthly newsletter, as well as in emails and letters written by Beth Zion board chairman David Goldberg. , to the Cantors’ Assembly and more recently to members of Temple Beth Zion in early November.
But Nierenberg said Myers “had no right to officiate at Beth Zion” because “she was no longer their cantor.”
Nierenberg warned Myers against “spreading lies and slandering Temple Beth Zion and its leaders,” warning in an October 2021 letter that Myers should “cease its pattern of harassment” or the synagogue would take legal action. defamation.
Myers, whose salary was $103,800, said she was primarily seeking repentance and a written public apology to clear her name, along with “nominal” damages to cover legal costs. She is also asking for a symbolic payment of $18 — a traditional amount that refers to the numerical value of the Hebrew letters that make up the word “chai,” or life.